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Which Out-of-State Cars Draw the Most Parking Tickets?

By Tanveer Ali | September 16, 2014 5:38am
 About 10 percent of the 4.9 million parking tickets issued by the city between Aug. 18, 2012 to Aug. 17, 2014 were given to parkers with out-of-state license plates.
About 10 percent of the 4.9 million parking tickets issued by the city between Aug. 18, 2012 to Aug. 17, 2014 were given to parkers with out-of-state license plates.
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THE LOOP — Out-of-staters, beware: Chicago's not afraid to give you a parking ticket.

About 10 percent of the 4.9 million parking tickets issued by the city between Aug. 18, 2012 to Aug. 17, 2014 were given to parkers with out-of-state license plates.

Not surprisingly, cars with Illinois plates get the most parking tickets in Chicago. More than 4.4 million in-state cars were ticketed in Chicago over the two years to the tune of $234 million being collected by the city.

About 22 percent of the out-of-state tickets went to cars from our neighbor to the east, Indiana. The nearly 107,963 tickets issued to those cars led the way for the other 49 states.

Cars belonging to Wisconsinites and Michiganders came in next, with about 55,679 and 50,819 tickets, respectively.

They were ticketed in different ways, too. Michiganders were ticketed 8,483 times for failing to abide by street cleaning rules, while cars from Wisconsin received just 6,804 tickets for that violation. About 5,000 Wisconsin cars were written up for failing to have front and back license plates compared with 239 from Michigan, even though Michigan doesn't require two license plates.

Ohioans were ticketed 30,239 times and cars from Texas round out the top five with 27,390 tickets.

In all, Chicago collected $15 million in parking ticket money from drivers with out-of-state plates.

And no part of the country was spared.

Even Hawaiians. Cars registered in the Pacific island state were ticketed 212 times.

Alaska? 536 times.

Tanveer Ali dives through the parking ticket data:

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